Court dismisses case to jail Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Displaced residents at the Lagos waterfront have had their case dismissed by a Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere, on Wednesday

The resisdents were seeking the arrest of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, for alleged contempt.

The presiding judge, Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, held that by virtue of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, Ambode, a serving governor, had constitutional immunity from prosecution and could not be jailed.

The judge added that he lacked jurisdiction to entertain the plaintiffs’ application.

The judge further ruled that the other respondents in the application acted under the clear order and direct supervision of the governor, and could therefore not be said to be contemnors.

The committal proceedings were initiated by 33 applicants suing on behalf of themselves and other residents of Otodo Gbame, Tomaro, Otumara, Orisunmibare, Oko Agbon, Itun Atan, Sogunro, the Ikorodu communities of Ofin, Bayeku and Olufunke Majidun and the Bariga communities of Ago Egun and Ebute-Ilaje settlements.

The applicants had claimed that the respondents breached a court order of November 7 and 16, 2016, restraining them “from demolishing any of the applicants’ homes, business premises, properties or community facilities in waterfront communities across Lagos State inhabited by the applicants or evicting the applicants from their homes.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )